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GENDER-NET Plus ERA-NET Cofund – Promoting gender equality

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GENDER-NET Plus ERA-NET Cofunded Call

Materials for NSERC GENDER-NET Plus ERA-NET Cofunded Call

  • List of GENDER-NET-Plus Topics
  • Evaluation Procedure and Timeline


NSERC is pleased to announce that it is participating in a joint co-funded call for proposals with Europe as part of GENDER-NET Plus. GENDER-NET Plus brings together a consortium of 16 partners from 13 different countries including Canada. It is an important opportunity to fund research projects that will promote the integration of sex and gender analysis into research at an international level. 

GENDER-NET Plus is the first ERA-NET Cofund with the aim of fostering the integration of sex- and gender-based analysis into research and funding programs. The joint call will invite interdisciplinary applications exploring sex and gender effects and dimensions in research topics relating to one or more of the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

The call will invite both basic and applied research. For any chosen topic, an interdisciplinary approach that addresses the interplay among society, technology and culture is encouraged. Research that addresses the social dimension of gender is strongly encouraged.

Important: NSERC will support applications that respond to SDG 9 and SDG13 only.

  • Good health and well-being (SDG 3)
    • SDG 3: Gender-based violence (topic 1.1)
    • SDG 3: Sex, Gender and Aging (topic 1.2)
    • SDG 3: Sex, Gender and Health (topic 1.3)
  • Infrastructure, Industrialization and Innovation (SDG 9)
    • SDG 9: Gender and New Technologies (topic 2.1)
    • SDG 9: Gender in Entrepreneurship and in the Innovation System (topic 2.2)
  • Climate Action (SDG 13)
    • SDG 13: Gender Dimension in Climate Behaviour and Decision-Making (topic 3.1)


To be eligible for funding from NSERC, the team must include one or more researchers in the natural sciences and engineering who are eligible to hold NSERC funds. Refer to NSERC’s Eligibility Criteria for Faculty for more details.

Expenses for this initiative must comply with the Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide.

Applicants must agree to terms and conditions at the time of application and when accepting the award. The Terms and Conditions for Applying form (one per NSERC-eligible participant), must be completed, signed and submitted directly on or before the pre-proposal submission deadline to the organization contact point.

Co-fund requirements

The rules for this joint call require that each applicant team include investigators from at least three consortium countries. For Canadian investigators, this means you must establish partnerships with researchers from at least two other consortium partner countries (excluding Canada). Each partner must have a Principal Investigator (PI) considered eligible for funding by a GENDER-NET Plus funding organization in that country. These organizations are:

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), one of the GENDER-NET Plus partners, has established a linkage tool through which researchers and/or research groups can signal their interest in collaborating on this opportunity. To find potential partners before submitting your pre-proposal, consult the linkage tool.

  • Austrian Science Fund (FWF), Austria
  • Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique (FNRS), Belgium
  • Technology Agency of the CR (TA CR), Czech Republic
  • Research Promotion Foundation (RPF), Cyprus
  • Estonian Research Council (ETAg), Estonia
  • National Research Agency (ANR), France
  • National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), France
  • Irish Research Council (HEA-IRC), Ireland
  • Ministry of Science, Technology and Space (MOST), Israel
  • Italian Ministry of Health (MoH-IT), Italy
  • Research Council of Norway (RCN), Norway
  • Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness (MINECO), Spain
  • Obra Social “la Caixa” (FBLC), Spain
  • Swedish Research Council (SRC), Sweden

Funding Availability

The total amount available to Canadian researchers from NSERC is $700,000 CAD, enough to fund at least two projects. 

Maximum Project Value

The maximum amount available is $100,000 CAD per year for up to three years, for a total of up to $300,000 CAD per project. 

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

The duration of a project must be two to three years.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

Applicants must submit signed OR-5 form along with pre-proposal package to: research.services@uoguelph.ca

External Deadline

Submission of mandatory pre-proposal via the GENDER-NET Plus Electronic Proposal Submission System (EPSS). Applicants will be notified in May 2018 of the Notice of Decision based on the pre-proposal.

How to Apply

For NSERC-eligible researchers, an itemized budget and one-page justification must be submitted to NSERC (secure site to come) at both the pre-proposal and full application stages. If more than one NSERC-eligible applicant is participating in the same project, they must work together and designate one single PI. The PI will be accountable to NSERC for the management of funds and the research portion of the GENDER-NET Plus project.

Pre-proposal documents and full applications must be submitted by the Project Coordinator via the GENDER-NET Plus Electronic Proposal Submission System (EPSS). Further information about the competition and application process is available on the GENDER-NET Plus website.

Successful applicants of pre-proposals will be invited to submit the Full Application in July 2018. Full applications must be submitted to the Office of Research (research.services@uoguelph.ca) two weeks before the external deadline communicated by GENDER-NET/NSERC. Please contact Office of Research/Carolyn Dowling-Osborn immediately if you are invited to full application stage.

Applicants will be notified in October 2018 of the Notice of Decision based on the full application.

Information For Co-applicants

If you need to meet a deadline set by the lead institution for this opportunity, please ensure that you provide the Office of Research with at least five days in advance of the lead institution’s deadline to review the application, or your proposed component of the project. Please be in touch with the Office of Research (contact information below) ahead of the deadline if it looks like it will be difficult for you to submit all the required documentation on time (i.e. budget, proposal, OR-5 Form).
For Questions, please contact

Sarah Smith, Program Officer
Research Grants and Scholarships Directorate
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
Tel.: 613-943-2887
Email: sarah.smith@nserc-crsng.gc.ca

Office of Research

Carolyn Osborn, Director, Grants & Contracts
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x52935

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